Sometimes two very different lines of thought come together to inspire a specific story. That’s definitely how it was for IMMORTAL COWBOY.
First, like most people, I have regrets, both about things I wish I’d done and things I wish I hadn’t. Who hasn’t had a secret wish to go back in time and change that one action that haunts you years later? The more I thought about it, I found the concept of retroactive redemption fascinating.
The second bit of inspiration came one day when I was looking through a book on ghost towns in the West. As I studied the pictures, I tried to imagine the stories those abandoned buildings would tell if they could speak. Who had lived there? Who had built them? And what was the real reason the once-thriving town died? Was it because the gold ran out or perhaps because the railroad chose to bypass that particular spot? Or maybe—just maybe—a tragedy had ultimately destroyed the town.
It was the combination of those two ideas—one person’s need to redeem his past and the death of a town—that came together to give me the idea for the story that became IMMORTAL COWBOY.
As I studied those ghost towns, I could just see a lonely gunslinger prowling those dead and dusty streets, caught up in a cycle of pain and regret that allowed him no peace even though he’d died there over a century ago. He was a man with regrets so powerful that they continue to torment him even beyond the grave. Imagine reliving the worst moment in your life over and over again with no end in sight! That is the reality of Wyatt McCain, whose past haunts him even as he haunts the small mountain valley, which used to be home to the town of Blessing.
Rayanne Allen inherited more than just her uncle’s cabin and the ghost town in the nearby valley. She also shares his sensitivity to the spirits who haunt the mountain and saw the entire tragedy play out right in front of her when she was a young girl. Now she’s back, determined to uncover the truth about what happened in Blessing once and for all.
This was one of those rare times when it seemed as if the two characters were perched right on my shoulder as they told me their story. Both Wyatt and Rayanne were incredibly strong people, determined to do the right thing even at the sacrifice of their love. I liked that about them. I hope you do, too!
I love the whole idea of a love so powerful that it transcends time and even death. Have you ever seen movies or read other books that have that theme? If so, please share the details! I’d love to hear all about them.
About the Book
Haunted by desire…
When Rayanne’s favourite uncle leaves her a secluded mountain cabin in his will, she feels an instinctive pull to the place—and to the ghost town nearby. But is she drawn there by her love of history? Or by the memory of the mysterious stranger whose ice-blue eyes have haunted her dreams since she was a girl?
She soon discovers that her destiny and the brooding gunslinger’s are intertwined. Wyatt carries the burden of a dark past, and Rayanne is the only woman who can bring him peace. But to give him the release he needs, she may need to sacrifice the most powerful love she’s ever known.